Review by Julian Murdoch.
This review's screenshots contain light, if inexplicable, spoilers.
Each time, I wake up as a young human girl named Hiyoko Tosaka. Each time, I enter, inexplicably, a school for gifted pigeons: St. Pigeonations Institute.
Each time, I choose a different path. I study hard in Math to attract the attentions of the brooding and scary Doctor Shuu. I hang around the Library to get closer to Negeki. Each time, some strange trans-species romance brews.
Each time, I sit back my desk chair and think What the hell am I doing?Unfamiliar Plumage
Hatoful Boyfriend is a Japanese otome game. The word otome literally means girl and the genre is best known for romance simulations presumably targeted at young women. Primarily delivered as visual novels (a rarity in Western or English-language games), otome games are more 'choose your own adventure' than than game.
In a visual novel, the focus is on a written story.
Developer: Mediatonic, Hato Moa, The Irregular Corporation
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 4 Sep, 2014
Genre: Visual Novel, Anime, Simulation, Casual, Adventure
- OS: Windows XP with SP2 or later, Windows 7 with SP1 or later, Windows 8
- Memory: 1 GB RAM
- Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities.
- DirectX: Version 9.0
- Storage: 300 MB available space
- Additional Notes: Windows Vista is not supported.